Professor of Theoretical Physics
Career
Research
Selected Publications
Lectures
Complex Methods
 Part IB Course on Complex Methods. Lecture notes in PDF format.
Quantum Gravity
 These are the overheads for a lecture given in Oxford in 1995 entitled "How the Complex Numbers Got into Physics" at a meeting on "Complex Numbers in Quantum Mechanics". In PDF format
Special Relativity
 Part I Lecture Notes on Special Relativity in PDF format. This is a much extended version of notes
covering the material of the now defunct Part IB course. They should be useful as preliminary reading for the Part II courses on General Relativity and Relativistic Electrodynamics and Cosmology, and also for the Part III courses on General Relativity and Black Holes and Cosmology.
General Relativity
 Part II Lecture Notes on General Relativity  Lent Term 2006. In postscript format and in PDF format
 The HafaleKeating Experiment I (JSTOR article  Cambridge University access only)
 HafaleKeating Experiment II (JSTOR article  Cambridge University access only)
 PoundRebka Experiment (Phys. Rev. Online Archive article  Cambridge University access only)
 The Stanford Gyroscope Experiment
 Visualizations of Abberation and Doppler Shift in Special Relativity
 A star in a 15.2year orbit around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way (Nature article  Cambridge University access only)
 A test of general relativity using radio links with the Cassini spacecraft (Nature article  Cambridge University access only)
 A gravitationally lensed quasar with quadruple images separated by 14.62 arcseconds (Nature article  Cambridge University access only)
 Discovery of a cool planet of 5.5 Earth masses through gravitational microlensing (Nature article  Cambridge University access only)
Supergravity
 Uncorrected transcript of last years Part III course made available by Zhijang Hu. Caveat Lector! In PDF format
Applications of Differential Geometry to Physics
 Part III Course on Applications of Differential Geometry to Physics  Lent Term 2011.
 The Einstein equations and the rigidity of quantum mechanics  A seminar on the Web presented at the Isaac Newton Institute
 Stoke's influence on differential geometry  A seminar on the Web by Sir Michael Atiyah (Edinburgh)
 My Lectures on Supergravity given at a miniprogramme on Geometry and Physics at Santa Barbara 1999.
On the beach at Santa Barbara . Gary Gibbons, Andrew Chamblin, Stephen Hawking, Simon Ross, (Gautam Mandal), Arkady Tseytlin and unknown
Statistical Physics and Cosmology
 Lecture Notes on Statistical Physics and Cosmology. This is a set of lecture notes for the Part II course 'Statistical Physics and Cosmology' which I gave a few years ago. I am grateful to Tim Perkins for transcribing them from handwritten notes and making the figures.
 An Atlas of the Universe
Black Holes
 Lecture Notes on Black Holes. These notes were prepared by Prof Townsend for the Part III course of this name which he gave. They are based on my own handwritten notes for a version of the same course that I had given earlier.

arXiv:grqc/9707012v1 [ps, pdf, other]
Title: Black Holes
Authors: P.K. Townsend
Comments: 145 pp. Many diagrams
Subjects: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (grqc)

 The man who invented black holes
 These lectures, given in Paris some years ago, cover the basic thermodynamics of black holes at the level of the Part III course.
 The First Law of Thermodynamics for Rotating Black Holes in AntideSitter Space (lecture given at Indian Strings Meeting 2004, Khajuraho, December 1523 ).
Former students
Publications
“Kepler Harmonies” and conformal symmetries
– Physics Letters B
(2019)
792,
324
Killing horizons: Negative temperatures and entropy superadditivity
– Physical Review D
(2018)
98,
106015
(DOI: 10.1103/physrevd.98.106015)
Sturm–Liouville and Carroll: at the heart of the memory effect
– General Relativity and Gravitation
(2018)
50,
107
(DOI: 10.1007/s1071401824300)
Ion traps and the memory effect for periodic gravitational waves
– Physical Review D
(2018)
98,
044037
(DOI: 10.1103/physrevd.98.044037)
Velocity Memory Effect for polarized gravitational waves
– Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
(2018)
2018,
030
Cosmological aspects of the Eisenhart–Duval lift
– The European Physical Journal C
(2018)
78,
314
Soft gravitons and the memory effect for plane gravitational waves
– Physical Review D
(2017)
96,
064013
(DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.96.064013)
The memory effect for plane gravitational waves
– Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and HighEnergy Physics
(2017)
772,
743
STU black holes and SgrA
– Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
(2017)
2017,
016
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